Experienced public company
CEO, Corporate board member,
Expert Witness Testimony
and Professional Speaker
Digital innovation and strong corporate governance have collided.
Boardrooms are tasked with re-thinking the board member profile and committee structure in light of innovation and emerging transitional risks.
I've spent the better part of three years immersed in blockchain, artificial intelligence, cloud and digital disruption initiatives. This time, combined with experience as an operator, and now board member, has afforded me the ability to be a digital technology translator for the boardroom. I understand these new technologies but I also appreciate the challenges faced by management with regard to legacy systems and processes. Being up to date and educated on these initiatives allow for thought provoking and robust discussions in the boardroom and with management.
Enjoy my thoughts on these topics!
Tone at the Top: Boards Look to Harness Blockchain Disruption.
Why management and boards need to consider blockchain in overall digital strategy.
Risk & Opportunity a Board Primer on Blockchain
Four-part blockchain information series
Facing up to the financial technology challenge
NACD Northern California Chapter and PwC recently partnered to present a blockchain webcast - " What boards need to know about blockchain".
Presenters: Christa Steele and Manoj Kashyap
Digital education in the boardroom. You don't have to work for Google to be digitally informed.
Being industry agnostic can have its advantages in the boardroom.
The retail industry requires a pivot that begins in the boardroom.
Are boardrooms making the mistake with board refreshment being too narrowly focused?
The best part of my professional journey is now.
I'm not your average bank CEO.
Panel Moderator – FIG Partners annual CEO conference Scottsdale, AZ;
Panel Participant - University of Southern California Women’s Leadership Forum, Los Angeles, CA;
Keynote Speaker and Panel Participant – Institute of Internal Auditors, Gaylord Convention Center, Dallas, TX;
Keynote Speaker – Audit Executive Center’s Power Breakfast – Dallas, TX;
Webinar & Live Audience Keynote Speaker – PwC & National Association Corporate Directors – Menlo Park, CA;
Panel Participant - Women Corporate Directors - Silicon Valley, CA.
Keynote Speaker - IIA Financial Services Exchange - Washington, DC.
Keynote Speaker - Women in Internal Audit Leadership Conference - Washington, DC.
Washington DC 2018
Christa Steele became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career spans close to 25 years, which began as a bank teller while attending college. As a former public company CEO with $500 million in market capitalization, she improved core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the bank’s value in less than two years, and successfully led the bank’s sale for a premium in 2015.
Until recently, Steele was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment banking firm with 10 locations across the United States. FIG Partners was sold to Janney Montgomery Scott in April 2019. She currently serves on the board of directors for OFG Bancorp (NASDAQ: OFG) in Puerto Rico, Recology in California, Sasser Family Holdings in Illinois, the NACD Northern California Chapter, and Pacific Coast Banking School in Washington. Her expertise leading a complex, highly scrutinized, and regulated company provides a desirable and diverse skill set transferable across multiple industry verticals.
Steele was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a most influential leader in Bay Area business and by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement. For the better part of three years, her time has been spent on a variety of digital technology initiatives in and outside of financial services. She is a well-known speaker and thought leader of blockchain technology, digital disruption, and why artificial intelligence, big data, and the use of predictive analytics must be considered when evaluating a company’s overall digital and corporate strategy.
In addition to being a qualified financial and audit expert per NASDAQ, NYSE, and PCAOB corporate governance requirements, Steele has an in-depth understanding of how to manage market growth, expansion, divestiture, recession, corporate litigation, shareholder lawsuit, legacy ownership, conflict resolution, and human capital.
Steele is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds an MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Sacramento State University.
From teller to CEO, recognized as youngest female CEO in the U.S. to lead a financial institution the size of Mechanics Bank;
Honored by San Francisco Business Times as Most Influential Leader in Bay Area Business;
Recognized by Crowe Horwath for leading top financial performance improvement.